William and Alling Ball, probably brothers, settled at New Haven, Conn., as early as 1643. Alling married (first) Susan _____; (second) Dorothy _____, who died Feb. 22, 1689-90. His sister married Thomas Fugill and another sister married James Russell. Alling Ball was a blacksmith; captain of militia; died Nov. 121, 1716.
Children of Alling Ball:
1. John, born April 15, 1649.
2. Eliphalet, Feb. 11, 1651.
3. Alling, June 27, 1656.
4. Sarah, Jan. 17, 1660.
5. Lydia (twin to Sarah) Jan. 17, 1660.
6. Mercy, married George Pardee.
(I) William Ball, brother of Alling Ball, it is thought, came from England to New Haven as early as 1643. He died April, 1648, probably soon after his marriage, leaving behind him little record of his life. He took the oath of fidelity in 1644 at New Haven. (See New England Hist. and Gen. Register, April 1907). He appears to have left a son Edward, mentioned below.
(II) Edward Ball was born about 1645. It is not known where he spent his youth. He appears in 1667 among the first settlers of Branford, Conn. He signed the rules with others Oct. 2, 1665, for the government of the town owned by Branford settlers "upon the Passaic river in New Jersey that none should be admitted free burgesses in their town except such planters as were members of some of the Congregational churches or elected magistrates or to some judicial office or assistants or deputies to make or repeal laws or to be elected to any chief military office unless they were members of the church, etc."
He removed with Mr. Pierson to New Jersey in 1666-67, and settled in what is now the city of Newark. In 1673 he and Daniel Dodd were appointed to run the northern line of the town of Newark from the Passaic river to the mountain. He and Joseph Harrison were appointed attorneys for Newark, Oct. 18, 1686, to see the town orders executed and to prosecute offenders and have half the sums recovered for their fees. He was on a committee with Azariah Crane and Joseph Riggs to lay out the bounds between Newark and Hockquecanung. In 1686-87 he was one of a large committee of Newark to take notice of all lands that persons had appropriated to themselves and order how a fourth division of common lands should be laid out. He was sheriff of Essex county in 1693.
He married Abigail Blatchley.
2. Abigail, married Daniel Harrison.
6. Thomas, mentioned below.
(III) Thomas, son of Edward Ball, was born 1660-70 at Branford or Newark. He married Sarah Davis, and through their nine sons their descendants have been very numberous.
(IV) Nathaniel, son of Thomas Ball, was born at Newark, New Jersey, 1700-1710. He resided at Connecticut Farms in Newark, on the turnpike, near the site of the old tavern. He married Esther Osborne.
1. Phebe, married Jacob Jennings, of Pasaic.
2. Rhoda, married Patrick Crilles, an Irishman of Conn. Farms.
3. Rebecca, married _____ Loyd.
4. James, married Eunice Maker, of Conn. Farms.
5. Salome, married Solomon Line of Sodom.
6. Esther, married John Mulford.
7. Aaron, married (first) Petty Wade; (second) Hannah Wells.
8. Nehemiah, mentioned below.
9. Paul, of Trenton.
10. Davis, married _____ Hetfield.
11. Eunice, married Dr. Wats Bonnel, of Union.
(V) Nehemiah, son of Nathaniel Ball, was born at Newark about 1740. He was a soldier in the revolution, orderly sergeant of light artillery and of the regiment comprising General Washington's body guard at one time. He lived at Elizabeth, N.J. He was a farmer.
He married Elizabeth Sallee, sister of John Sallee.
Betsey, Elihu, Nathaniel, Puah and Ester (twins), Sineas, mentioned below, and James.
(VI) Sineas, son of Nehemiah Ball, was born at Elizabeth, New Jersey, March 5, 1781. He settled in Theresa, Jefferson county, New York, where he followed farming. He was a soldier in the war of 1812 with the rank of sergeant, and afterward he was captain of his company and colonel of his regiment in the state militia. He was a Whig in politics and liberal in religion, making the Golden Rule his guide in living.
He married in Rutland, March 25, 1813, Charlotte, born Sept. 5, 179_, daughter of Francis and Relief Towne.
1. Child, born and died March 30, 1814.
2. Francis Towne, born May 17, 1815, died March 19, 1819.
3. Child, born and died April 19, 1817.
4. Warren, May 13, 1818.
5. Edward, May 30, 1820.
6. Egbert, March 27, 1822.
7. Willis, April 21, 1824.
8. Charles, May 3, 1826.
9. Emeline, July 15, 1828.
10. Chauncey, April 15, 1831.
11. Wilson F., mentioned below.
(VII) Rev. Wilson F. Ball, son of Sineas Ball, was born at Theresa, New York, June 30, 1834. He attended the district schools, the Theresa High School, the Fairfield Seminary and the Gouverneur Wesleyan Seminary. For fourteen years he taught in the public schools and academy. He served in the Union army for three years during the civil war, enlisting in Company D, Ninety-second Regiment, N.Y. Volunteers, and attained the rank of sergeant-major. He was in the battle of Fair Oaks, of Black Water, Kingston, Goldsborough, North Carolina, Fort Anderson, opposite Newbern.
After the war he taught school in Canton and Carthage and fitted himself for the ministry. He was admitted to the conference of the Methodist Episcopal church and began a long and honorable career in the ministry in 1869. He had pastorates at Buck's Bridge, Norwood, Sacketts Harbor, Massena, Heuvelton, Sandy Creek, Herman, Fort Covington, Canton, Madrid, Newport, De Kalb Junction, Louisville and Tupper Lake, all in northern New York. He was placed on the superannuated list in 1905 and since then has resided at Massena and Watertown, N.Y. During his forty years in the pulpit he made a reputation for able and foreceful preaching and took rank among the leading ministers of his demonination in this section. He is a prominent Free Mason, a member of lodge, chapter and commandery, and has taken the thirty-second degree in Scottish Rite Masonry. He is a member of the Sons of Temperance, the Good Templars, of which he has been chaplain and worthy chief, and of the Grand Army of the Republic. In politics he is a Prohibitionist.
He married, Sept. 24, 1862, at Philadelphia, Jefferson county, N.Y., Katharine, born June 8, 1837, daughter of Dr. Weeden and Elizabeth (Roberts) Mosher. She had brothers Cyrus and Samuel, and sisters Ann, Sarah Jane, Mary, Katharine and Lucy.
1. Leon Cyrus, born Sept. 8, 1864; graduate of Syracuse University; formerly manager of Jefferson casket factory; now engaged in newspaper business, a new publication in Watertown, N.Y.; married (first) Clara Hall, of Columbus, Ohio; three children: Catherine, deceased, Richard and Robert; married (second) Margaret Carpenter, one child: Carolyne.
2. George Wilson, May 24, 1866, mentioned below.
3. Manley, 1870, died in infancy.
4. Karl Mosher, March 1, 1882; graduate of the Military School at Nyack, N.Y.; foreman in a wholesale house dealing in oilcloth, curtains, etc. Plainfield, New Jersey; married Margaret Williams.
(VIII) George Wilson, son of Rev. Wilson F. Ball, was born in Canton, N.Y., May 24, 1866. He attended the public schools of Massena and graduated from the high school in that town. He afterward taught school there. He was clerk in the store of G. W. Bailey & Company, dealers in dry goods, Massena, for three years, 1885 to 1888. he became general manager of the department store of J. L. Hyde, of Massena, on his own account, and after three years sold out and since that time has been engaged in the retail coal business in Massena. He is a director of the First National Bank of Massena, organized in 1903, and was one of the original stockholders and directors. He is an active Republican and a member of the Republican county committee of St. Lawrence county. He is a member of Massena Lodge, No. 513, Free and Accepted Masons. He is a prominent member of the Congregational church, clerk of the society and superintendent of the Sunday school.
He married, in 1891, Cara, born in Massena, Jan. 31, 1870, daughter of Horace C. and Rebecca (McGowan) Clark of Massena.
1. Bernice, born Aug. 2, 1892, died Oct. 23, 1901.
2. Irene, Dec. 30, 1894.
3. Mildred, Aug. 8, 1897, died March 30, 1899.
4. Clark, April 17, 1900, died July 22, 1902.
5. Marjorie, Feb. 11, 1902, died Aug. 4, 1902.
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